When Amy Simpson saw a need in her community, she took action. With a passion for helping children thrive, Amy teaches children’s choir, mission groups and Sunday school classes. Children flock to her house to learn, sing and grow in their faith. She also runs a young women’s mission group called God Use Me, also known as GUM.

Still, Amy set her sights on more. Recognizing the dire need for a food program to serve hungry children in her community, she started a backpack program called Gum Drops. Gum Drops is a nonprofit organization that provides child-friendly food for students who may not have adequate nutrition on the weekends. Gum Drops works hard to enhance the quality of life for at-risk children throughout southern Illinois and hopes to ease the consequences of having limited or no food.

Amy and Gum Drops turned to Red Basket in September 2015, in hopes of raising money to purchase nutritious food to fill students’ backpacks. Their fundraising campaign was kicked off with a $50 donation from Red Basket’s Good Start Fund. Supporters followed suit and helped Gum Drops raise enough money to purchase 2,280 cans of spaghetti o’s! “Through our Red Basket drive and the hunger campaigns, the monies raised for Gum Drops have helped us purchase the much needed food for over 1,600 at-risk children every week in southern Illinois,” said Amy.

As we approach #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1, your support of Red Basket’s Good Start Program will allow us to continue to give each campaign on Red Basket an initial $50 donation to help kick start fundraising efforts. You can see from Gum Drops’ story just how important your donation is.

Click here to make your tax deductible donation to Red Basket’s Good Start Fund today. As always every penny donated will be given to an individual or community project in need with no fees being charged to you.

Thank you for your support!

Click here to learn more about Good Start.

Lauren Fischer
Communications Specialist
Lauren is the Communications Specialist for RedBasket.org. She writes content for the blog, social media and other materials, as well as secures media coverage for RedBasket.org projects!